Zabala Hermanos Pistol Grip Shotgun

ZH 5

One of my competitive shooting buddies texted me that his friend is looking to get rid of some of his family’s firearms. Most of them were some form of shotgun and two lever guns. What caught my eye was this side by side 20 gauge shotgun. The forwarded text I received was “I have a sawed off double barrel shot gun registered as a hand gun for sale”. Without a picture I was concerned that some how this guy registered a Short barrel shotgun or AOW as a pistol. I told my friend to measure the barrel length. It was over 18.5 inches in length. Ok then it is just a pistol grip shotgun, like the Mossberg 500 JIC models.

The barrels are marked J.L. Galef and Sons, they were the importer back in the 70s. The shotgun is made by Zabala Hermanos in Spain. You can see the ZH shield markings stamped into the bottom of the barrels and the receiver.

ZH 4

 

I tried looking up information on Zabala Hermanos but did not find much and nothing on this pistol grip shotgun.

ZH 3

 

I got it for $150 which is about right for ZH shotguns, from what little I could find on them. This shotgun is very short. You can see below how it compares to my other 18.5″ barreled shotguns. KSG and Remington 870 Magpul are shown below the ZH SXS.

ZH 2

 

One cool feature is breaking the shotgun down. It fits inside my Vanquest Ibex 20, which I just posted a review on.

ZH 1

 

This short shotgun reminds me of Ash from Army of Darkness or Mad Max. i will be having some fun with this and being 20 gauge I suspect there will be very little recoil.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • iksnilol

    Reminds me of the shotgun that the guy in Scarface used (SPOILER FOR 32 year old movie) to kill Tony Montana.

    In all seriousness, It looks wicked (and in a good way).

  • wetcorps

    The cheeki breeki is strong with this one.

    • Sianmink

      Don’t just stand there, come in!

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Who is that guy?

    • DIR911911 .

      si , mi hermano

  • INFI

    Man, where are you gonna find an appendix carry holster for that thing??

    • Sianmink

      Sounds like a job for the Burgess Folding Shotgun.

  • AsierB

    Hi everyone. Zabala Hermanos was a small company company that manufactured shotguns. It started in the city of Eibar, in the Basque Country region, which is the heart of the Spanish firearms industry. They moved to the nearby town of Elgeta but unfortunately I
    think that they closed down shop a couple of years ago. You can try to
    reach them in the following phone: (+34) 943768075 or in the email
    javier@zabalahermanos.com. Both the phone number and the email are public information.

    You may recall the name Eibar because it is/was home to many firearm manufacturers. Most well known ones were STAR Bonifacio Echeverria,
    Astra and Llama in pistols (STAR also made submachineguns), and Laurona, Garbi, Grulla and AYA Aguirre y
    Aranzabal in shotguns. STAR made some quite famous 9 mm copies of the 1911.

    If anyones needs any information on Spanish firearm manufacturers don’t hesitate to ask, I was born and live in Eibar, and probably your gun was made not farther than one kilometer from my home.

    • iksnilol

      STAR MEGASTAR

    • wetcorps

      I have an old shotgun from Eibar. Nothing extraordinary but I love it.

  • Burst

    Your new gun is cool and all, but that comparison photo mostly made me want to see a Walnut KSG…

  • charlest

    Good thing it’s 20 gauge. The recoil will be fine. I have a Winchester Defender Model 1300 18 inch barrel. It has an interchangeable pistol grip, but the angle of the grip is such that it’s a wrist-breaker to fire 12 gauge rounds. With the regular stock attached I can fire it at waist level holding the stock by the hand grip area because the angle is right. Similar idea as the picture of the Remington 870 14 inch in the video clip.